Thursday, December 30, 2010

More Presents!

My Mom gave me the two charts above (she also said she wants to stitch them too!)
I got lots of great, great, great books!!!!!!!!!!

I finished the John Lennon book. It was very sad. So mad that he was killed. I think they could have picked a more attractive cover though. I am now reading The Emperor of All Maladies which is a history of cancer. I like to read books with a medical theme. Can't wait to dive into the Fannie Flagg for lots of fun. My nephew got me the Cleopatra book! I saw the author on The Daily Show and she was so interesting!! The Where Women Create book speaks for itself now doesn't it???

I am going to be going through my date book tonight. That is where I write down each book I have read in 2010....I need to post my Best Books of 2010 tomorrow!!!! I would love to know what the best books you read in the last year were.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Presents for Pretty Girls Part One

I have been spoiled for days and days now!!! Above and below are three charts my Mom picked out for me for Christmas!!!! So excited! I want to do something a little different with the Snowflake Serenade chart by making some of the boxes into separate Christmas ornaments.
When I was little my parents gave me a book called "Take Joy" by Tasha Tudor. When I saw this Take Joy project by Shepard's Bush I hoped that Santa would bring it to me.......he did (by way of my Mom!).
My Mother-in-law did the sweetest thing! She called my shop, Inspired Needle, and asked Cathy to help her put an order together for me. As I left Cathy with some specific hints it went very well! One of the things she got me was this totally beautiful and totally cool project bag.
Now here is a really great story......for an upcoming birthday my stitching buddies surprised me with "The Skating Party" by Praiseworthy Stitches, the fabric for the project and this beautiful needle minder that I had been pining for!!!! They are the coolest bunch of people!!! Thank you to Patti, Pat, Teresa, Linda, Jayne, Cathy, Barb, and Karin. I am so looking forward to spending lots more stitching and laughing time with you gals in 2011.
Close-up of the needle minder because it is truly a work of art!
My wonderful sister-in-law, Denise, got me the wonderful Vera Bradley purse (the pattern is called Gabby and it is in Twirly Bird Navy), the wallet and pencils. I LOVE it so!!!!! Her brother, my husband, is getting me the big carry all tote in this pattern for is coming via mail. How exciting!!! I am truly a Twirly Bird now!
I have a few more things to show you camera is acting like a kook right now. I have been working on Take Joy tonight. Progress pics soon along with more pics of my haul!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Joy to the World , the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

Joy to the World, the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Getting in the Spirit

Just wanted to share some of my vintage Christmas postcard collection in case anyone is out there crafting today and needs some beauty and cuteness!

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Mary Peacock

Yesterday, out of the blue, and for no reason (other than that she is one great person!), my friend Barb gave me this chart. I have wanted to stitch this for about two years now. It is a difficult to find chart. Several of our stitching friends have the chart and I have lusted over their progress. Barb knew the chart was getting scarce. She said that she wanted me to be able to stitch it when everyone else got going on it.

Well, as you can imagine, many hugs were given and a merry evening at the stitch shop was held as I gathered fabric and thread to start that very night on Mary Peacock!!!!!

Every time I get together with my stitching friends I am in awe of their kindness and generosity. We always laugh a lot; but we also support each other through happy times and sad. If Santa brought me nothing else this year; I am happy and content!

Thank you Barb!!!

Thursday, December 02, 2010

A Beautiful Video of a Moment in Time

Watch this!!!! It is SO WONDERFUL! Thanks to Beth for showing it on her blog!